Former Massachusetts senator Edward W. Brooke was a history maker for many reasons. He was the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate in 1966 and the only African-American Senator elected to serve multiple terms. He was also the oldest living former Senator. Most poignant, he was a breast cancer survivor and committed to sharing his breast health message with the world.
Shirley Horn was a unique singer, with one of the slowest deliveries in jazz and a very unusual way of phrasing, putting stress on certain words and letting others slip away. She’s most famous for songs such as “Here’s to Life” and “You Won’t Forget Me.” She lived all her life in and around Washington, often performing close to home to be near her family.
Born on October 27th, 1924, Ruby Dee was an important force in the movement of African-American culture. Being the first Black woman to play lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, Ruby Dee helped to pave the way for African American actors. A former graduate of the American Negro Theatre, Ruby Dee starred in many memorable and important films including A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Roots (1978) and American Gangster (2007). She also had been a staunch supporter of Black heritage and a strong participant in the fight against injustice and racism.